U.S. Army soldier arrested and charged with murder

Published: Apr. 16, 2018 at 10:53 AM CDT
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UPDATE: Monday, April 16, 2018 6:36 p.m.

Officials say 32-year-old Derek McKinney called 911 to report a gunshot victim in the Countryview Estates neighborhood.

The Crestview Police Department responded just after 6:40 p.m. to the home on Northview Drive.

Responding officers found McKinney's estranged wife, 34-year-old Natasha McKinney on the bedroom floor.

Crestview PD officials tell us they don't receive many calls to the Countryview Estates area.

"We do not have a record of calls to this particular family before, so it's one of those very tragic things that often happens in a community when somebody grabs a weapon to settle a dispute and it's just a terrible shame," Crestview Police Department Public Information Officer Brian Hughes said.

Officials say McKinney was very cooperative with authorities and was arrested on scene.

He is being held in the Okaloosa County jail on an open count of murder.


According to the Crestview Police Department, a Sunday night dispute ended with a 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldier being arrested on an open count of murder after he allegedly shot and killed his estranged wife.

Police said they responded to a 911 call reporting a gunshot victim in a home in the Countryview Estates neighborhood.

Derek McKinney, 32, was arrested on scene.

Responding officers said they found his wife, Natasha McKinney, 34, on the floor of the residence they shared.

Okaloosa County EMS pronounced her dead at the scene.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement responded and assisted Crestview police in investigating the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.